Join Chef Miranda Stooksbury, Clover & The Greens, and Paul Tuell of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey for an intimate  night of whiskey, food and stories at Mesa Collaborative Kitchen, 216 Pearl St. in  New Albany, on April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. There are limited seats at this intimate culinary experience with a derby twist, so reservations are recommended. ( 812.725.7691) Tickets  are $60 per person and must be purchased online (18% gratuity will be added at checkout and show up as “tax”).  Read more about Chef Stooksbury and the three course menu for this dinner.

Stooksbury is the owner of Louisville based catering company Clover & The Greens and said she is “excited for three of my favorite things to come together; Spring, Derby and Ballotin Whiskey! The light flavors of spring, the passion of the Kentucky Derby and the rich elegance of Ballotin Whiskey will pair perfectly for a meal that is not to be missed.”  

Miranda’s interest in healthy foods began when  her young daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2005. It was an eye opening experience to meet nutritional needs as a working mother and it led to her desire to help others make a change in their lives.  She attended Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and graduated with an Associate of Science in Catering and Culinary Arts degree before spending five years mentoring under Chef Anthony Lamas at Seviche, A Latin Restaurant. Now ,she focuses on using whole foods to nourish the body and soul while minimizing processed foods. Miranda teaches clients to recreate the foods they love in a healthier aspect, offering in home teaching and guidance for people battling dietary changes due to medical necessity or desire for improvement. Clients learn a new dietary lifestyle that suits their specific needs using the tools they have in their own kitchen.


  1.     Salad of beets, strawberries, feta and lemon champagne vinaigrette paired with Ballotin Champagne Cocktail
  2.     Herb crusted lamb, charred carrots and spring onion paired with Ballotin Chocolate Mint Julep
  3.     Mocha Affogato al Ballotin served with Crank & Boom hand-crafted ice cream and paired with a Ballotin dessert cocktail garnished with a Kentucky crafted bourbon marshmallow.